Definition of heavy-handed in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌhɛvɪˈhandɪd/


1Clumsy, insensitive, or overly forceful: heavy-handed policing
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  • It is narrative driven, without being heavy-handed or overly literal.
  • But protesters claimed they had not come to fight and many accused the police of heavy-handed tactics and attacking them for no reason.
  • But Ms Smith, who got caught up in the brawl, said she would be complaining to the police about their heavy-handed approach.
informal ham-handed, ham-fisted, cack-handed
British informal all thumbs, all fingers and thumbs
tactless, undiplomatic, thoughtless, inconsiderate, inept
1.1Using too much of something: beware of being heavy-handed with the flour
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  • This intrusion shows how heavy-handed the movie's efforts to be relevant and political are.



Pronunciation: /ˌhɛviˈhandɪdli/
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  • It is 1980s country house hotel cooking: complicated, rich, protein-intensive, heavy-handedly peppered with foods that shriek out Scottishness.
  • I really think it's just an extension of that adolescent need to define one's individuality as heavy-handedly as possible, but specifically in the area of intelligence.
  • As an added inducement, it was heavy-handedly hinted that co-operation by Bucharest would assist Romania's ambition to join the European Union.


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  • Meanwhile, here in London, events passed off peacefully amidst accusations of police heavy-handedness.
  • Critics have been quick to accuse the monolith of Soviet-style heavy-handedness for this particular innovation, but given that the only real inconvenience this poses is making it harder to pirate the stuff, we can't really complain.
  • In talking with him before coming on the air, as to what made him switch parties in 1994, and he was saying it was the heavy-handedness of the administration at the time, that of course being President Clinton.

Words that rhyme with heavy-handed

backhanded, candid, candied, high-handed, offhanded, red-handed, short-handed, unbranded, underhanded

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